Immunizations

FDA amends EUA for Moderna/J&J COVID-19 Booster Shots, Effective 10/20/2021 & Billing Codes

Effective October 20, 2021, FDA amended the emergency use authorizations for the Moderna and Jansen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines to allow for use of a single booster dose for certain populations. Get the most current list of billing codes, payment allowances and effective dates. More Information:CMS News Alert: CMS Reminds Eligible Consumers They Have …

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Washington, D.C. Nursing Home Takes Control of Infection Prevention with I CAN Program

Transitions Healthcare Capitol City in Washington, D.C. has its hands full! With 360 beds, it is a larger home that specializes in transitioning residents back to their homes. With an active rehab department and many short-stay residents, keeping people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority. That’s why they adopted Infection Control Amplification …

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Health Equity Updates: October Newsletter

View the latest health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? An Equity Agenda for the Field of Health Care Quality Improvement The Study to Promote Innovation in Rural Integrated Telepsychiatry Legislation Introduced for Medicare Pilot Program for Medically-Tailored Meals …

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Health Equity Updates: September Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? Communicating About FDA Approval to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Biden-Harris Administration Invest over $19 Million to Expand Telehealth in Rural & Underserved Areas Bringing Heat & Light: A …

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Sept 1 Webinar: Partisan Divides and How to Improve Vaccination Rates

September 1, 3-4PM EDT CME, CNE, and Pharmacy Continuing Education will be offered. The Indiana Immunization Coalition is offering a webinar featuring Brian Castrucci, DrPH, MA, President and chief executive officer of the de Beaumont Foundation.  He will discuss how partisan divides may be affecting herd immunity, and how to achieve the best public health outcomes. Brian …

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CDC August 23 COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Bootcamp on the Rapid Community Assessment

August 23, 2-4PM EDT  Registration closes on Friday, August 20, 2021 @ 8PM ET.   Pre-registration is required. This bootcamp is provided via Zoom. The meeting access link will be provided after pre-registration. Seats are limited to 200 participants.  You are cordially invited to attend a COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Bootcamp on the Rapid Community Assessment (RCA) hosted by …

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CDC Webinar: Additional mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People

August 17, 2-3PM EDT Registration is not required. Continuing Education is not offered for this COCA call. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for additional doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised people. People with immunocompromising conditions or who take immunosuppressive medications or therapies are …

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Changes to Weekly NHSN COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms

Additional/Secondary Vaccination Series: First Update August 2021 What are the changes? In anticipation of recommendations for additional vaccine series, new questions on vaccine doses will be added to the data collection forms. The main changes are outlined below. Question #2 remains the same, except it asks about the primary vaccination series. Added question #4 for …

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Free COVID-19 Training and Resources for Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff and Management is a great resource for nursing home staff to put the latest information regarding infection control, COVID-19 preparedness, resident-centered care, vaccine distribution, and other important topics into practice.   These resources were designed to help nursing home teams access the free, on-demand trainings and celebrate the staff who complete them. Materials …

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Get Vaccinated During National Immunization Awareness Month

This August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) is recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month and encouraging you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination rates for preventable diseases like pnemococcal pneumonia, flu, and hepatitis B have declined, …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging for Rural Communities

The New England Rural Health Association developed a COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging Campaign to help improve vaccination rates in our states and communities. Materials These materials focus on the business community and parents to encourage vaccinating their eligible children.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Get back on track with routine vaccinations This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. We know the COVID-19 pandemic impacted all aspects of life, including your ability to attend important appointments and receive routine vaccinations. During August, we encourage you to talk to your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional …

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Get your patients back on track with routine vaccinations.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of healthcare professionals to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted all aspects of life, including patients’ ability to attend important appointments and receive routine vaccinations. Many patients had to postpone or cancel appointments and …

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Health Equity Updates: August Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? America’s Health Rankings Inaugural Health Disparities Report CMS Proposes Changes to Reduce Disparities among Patients with CKD and ESRD CMS Proposes Physician Rule to Improve Health Equity & …

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CDC Health Advisory: Vaccination to Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks with Current and Emergent Variants

July 27, 2021 | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory The CDC is issuing this Health Alert Network Health Advisory to notify public health practitioners and clinicians about the urgent need to increase COVID-19 vaccination coverage (i.e., the percentage of the population fully vaccinated) across the …

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Webinar with CME & CE Credits: Strategies for COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging in a Polarized Country

August 12, 1PM EDT Join Sophia L. Pink, MS, from Stanford University, Polarization and Social Change Lab, as we discuss “Strategies for COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging in a Polarized Country.” Participation in this event is free.  CME and NYS Social Work CE credits are available for purchase after the event ($20.00 fee)*. After registering, you will …

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Vaccine Open Office Hours on August 24: How to get to a 75% COVID Vaccine Rate

August 24, 2021 @ 11-11:30AM EDT Joins the IPRO QIN-QIO for the next session in our bi-weekly Vaccine Open Office Hours for Nursing Homes as we discuss best practices to achieving a 75% COVID vaccine rate. Join our experts as we assist nursing homes with questions related to employee vaccine campaigns and resident vaccine program. …

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Vaccine Open Office Hours on August 10: Are you ready for Influenza and COVID?

August 10, 2021 @ 11-11:30AM EDT Are you ready for Influenza and COVID? Join the IPRO QIN-QIO for the next session in our bi-weekly Vaccine Open Office Hours for Nursing Homes. Join our experts as we assist nursing homes with questions related to employee vaccine campaigns and resident vaccine program. Our Experts Melanie Williams, host …

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Vaccine Open Office Hours on July 27: Building your Vaccine Campaign

July 27, 2021 @ 11:00-11:30AM EDT Join us on July 27 for “Building your Vaccine Campaign.” This is part of the IPRO QIN-QIO bi-weekly Vaccine Open Office Hours for Nursing Homes. Join our experts as we assist nursing homes with questions related to employee vaccine campaigns and resident vaccine program. Materials CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Communication …

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Ask a Doctor: What About the New COVID-19 Variants?

Continue to build COVID-19 vaccine confidence in hesitant patients by sharing this one-minute video featuring Dr. Gina Gregory-Burns explaining that the vaccines are effective and protective against variants. This video is a part of We Can Do This, a public education campaign by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), seeking to spread …

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Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Confronting Health Misinformation on COVID-19 Vaccine

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued the first Surgeon General’s Advisory of this Administration to warn the public about the urgent threat of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. This advisory outlines how the public can confront health misinformation by helping individuals, families and communities better identify and limit its spread. The advisory also …

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Webinar on July 15: Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Your Community

July 15, 1 PM EDT Individuals may be reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine for many reasons. One way hospitals and health systems can increase vaccination rates for their patients, employees and communities is to focus on why people are hesitant. Kaiser Permanente and the California Testing Task Force did just that and produced an …

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CMS Proposes Physician Payment Rule to Improve Health Equity, Patient Access

Rule Would Expand Access to Telehealth Services, Enhance Diabetes Prevention Programs The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing changes to address the widening gap in health equity highlighted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and to expand patient access to comprehensive care, especially in underserved populations. In CMS’s annual Physician Fee …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Video Series: Value in Vaccination

Vaccines save lives, but we all have our own reasons for getting vaccinated. The IPRO QIN-QIO introduces a Value in Vaccination Video Series, designed for interactive conversations about getting vaccinated. The IPRO QIN-QIO also created companion conversation guides to help encourage discussion about the theme of each video. Part 1 Theme: Getting Information The theme …

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Health Equity Updates: July Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? HHS Awards $250M to Fight COVID-19 and Improve Health Literacy A New Guide on Universal Screening for Health-Related Social Needs VacciNATION: Inspiring Stories on the National COVID-19 Vaccine …

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Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy Among Direct Service Workers

Thursday, July 1, 3-4:30PM ET Please join the Administration on Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a webinar on Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy Among Direct Service Workers. Vaccine uptake among direct service workers (DSWs) is particularly important for personal health and safety and to the many individuals that DSWs …

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July 12 Webinar: Government and Primary Care: In Service to the VacciNATION

Monday, July 12, 2PM EDT The Primary Care Collaborative will host a conversation with special guests from the White House and state government, who will talk about the role of primary care in the administration of and education on the COVID vaccines. The speakers will also discuss the strategies the Biden administration and state public …

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CMS encourages nursing homes to continue COVID-19 vaccination rates

June 17, 2021 | On May 11, 2021, CMS published an interim final rule with comment period that added new COVID-19 vaccination reporting requirements for nursing home staff and residents. CMS has provided a four-week grace period for facilities to educate themselves on the new requirements and to operationalize reporting. On June 10, 2021, CMS …

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Webinar on June 23: COVID-19 Update: Vaccines, Variants, Hesitancy, and Masks

Wednesday, June 23, 3-4PM EDT Registration is required to attend this event. Audience: Healthcare providers, stakeholders, and community partners Join Telligen for a webinar titled, “COVID-19 Update: Vaccines, Variants, Hesitancy, and Masks” on Wednesday, June 23, from 3-4PM EDT. Telligen is offering this webinar to support the Biden Administration’s goal to have 70% of U.S. …

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June 15-July 8: We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars

Join CMS for our We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars The HHS We Can Do This campaign is a national initiative working hand in hand with trusted leaders and community organizations to continue to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and get more people vaccinated. This campaign offers tailored resources and toolkits for …

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COVID-19 Vaccination Upon Discharge from Hospitals, Emergency Departments, and Urgent Care Facilities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently shared with immunization program mangers across the country the document “Increasing Access to Vaccination Opportunities: COVID-19 Vaccination upon Discharge from Hospitals, Emergency Departments, and Urgent Care Facilities.” CDC is asking jurisdictions to distribute a portion of their existing COVID-19 vaccine allocation to hospitals, emergency departments (EDs), …

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Biden Administration Continues Efforts to Increase Vaccinations By Bolstering Payments for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations for Medicare Beneficiaries

Action Could Impact as many as 1.6 Million People with Medicare As part of President Biden’s commitment to increasing access to vaccinations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced an additional payment amount for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to Medicare beneficiaries who have difficulty leaving their homes or are otherwise hard-to-reach. This …

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CMS Bolsters Payments for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations for Medicare Beneficiaries

As part of President Biden’s commitment to increasing access to vaccinations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced an additional payment amount for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to Medicare beneficiaries who have difficulty leaving their homes or are otherwise hard-to-reach. There are approximately 1.6 million adults 65 or older who may have …

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TMF Webinar on June 9: COVID-19, Health Equity, and Vaccine Hesitancy

June 9, 1-2PM EDT The COVID-19 pandemic revealed deep-seated inequities in health care and amplified social and economic factors that contribute to poor health outcomes. These factors also influenced how the COVID-19 vaccines were developed and rolled out. Join TMF for a webinar on June 22 titled, “COVID-19, Health Equity, and Vaccine Hesitancy.” During this webinar, …

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Health Equity Updates: June Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? New Health Equity Tracker Released Featured Health Equity News The Conversation / La Conversación Become a Part of the Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine Workforce Medicaid and Rural Health Pain in …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Video: COVID-19 Vaccine Success in a Nursing Home Case Study

The IPRO QIN-QIO’s team of quality improvement experts is committed to supporting nursing homes with COVID-19 vaccination rates across our region. This video features a nursing home administrator’s approach to dealing with COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the nursing home. For More Information Check out the CDC tools our speakers used to inform their strategies: Building …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Video: Simplify Pneumonia Vaccine Recommendations

The IPRO QIN-QIO’s team of quality improvement experts is committed to supporting clinicians in improving vaccination rates across our region. This video provides clinicians with a step-by-step guide to using the CDC’s Pneumo Recs Vax Advisor application as a tool to simplify the decision about which pneumonia vaccine is most appropriate for each patient.

CDC Webinar on May 14: What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents

May 14, 2-3PM EDT Overview This COCA Call will give clinicians an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination in adolescents who are 12-to-15 years of age. Clinicians will learn about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, vaccine recommendations, and clinical guidance for using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents in this age group. Access …

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CMS Launches Community Champions Video

On May 5, 2021, as a part of CMS’ ongoing COVID-19 response efforts to support the long-term care community, CMS debuted its first social media videos. The videos highlight staff, also referred to as Community Champions, who moved from being initially uncertain about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to accepting the vaccine–and encouraging their peers to …

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CMS Webinar on May 13: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

May 13, 12-1PM EDT Please note: You will receive an email with login information from GoToWebinar upon registration. If you do not receive an email in a few days’ time, please contact CMSOMHTeam@ketchum.com. Hosted by the CMS Office of Minority Health, Join Dr. LaShawn McIver, Director of CMS OMH, who will share information and resources …

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Healthcare Triage 6-Part Video Series

In a new Healthcare Triage YouTube series, funded by NIHCM Foundation, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains the history of vaccines and vaccine development–one of the greatest public health achievements of all time–in six short, consumer-friendly videos covering: the timeline of COVID-19 vaccine development and the mRNA vaccine approach the history of anti-vaccine sentiments, vaccine legislation, and societal …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Webinar on May 26: Pneumococcal Vaccine Confusion

May 26, 2PM This presentation will support Nursing Home Administrators and Directors of Nursing with education and resources to support your pneumococcal vaccination efforts to enhance residents’ wellbeing and improve facility’s quality measures. During the webinar, we will discuss: Benefits of vaccination Changes in guidance, which occurred in 2019 Regulatory compliance Minimum Data Set (MDS) …

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We’ve added new COVID-19 resources

Stay up-to-date on new resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and local health departments.  New resources include: HHS Campaign: We Can Do ThisThe HHS campaign focuses on increasing vaccination confidence while reinforcing basic prevention measures. Learn more …

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FDA & CDC Resume Use of the J&J COVID-19 Vaccine

As of April 25, 2021, the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine resume in the United States. Following the FDA and CDC’s decision, the Public Health Communications Collaborative updated their Tough Q&A with messaging to help you address questions from the community. 

Updated Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

We’re sharing the following information from the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Updated: April 14, 2021 Why are the FDA and CDC recommending a pause in the use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine?  The FDA and CDC are reviewing data involving six cases reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) …

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Pausing the Use of J&J COVID-19 Vaccine: Information for Long-Term-Care Facilities

The IPRO QIN-QIO is sharing an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    The CDC and FDA recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine pending an investigation into six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received the vaccine. COVID-19 …

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Resources on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Suspension

Information Provided by the Anticoagulation Forum Following six reported cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine in the US, the CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in the use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine pending further review. Per the CDC Health Alert (April …

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Vaccine and Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia – Update for Clinicians on Early Detection and Treatment

Thursday, April 15, 2-3PM EDT Advanced registration is not required. This COCA Call will present the latest evidence on cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) with thrombocytopenia associated with the administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Speakers will discuss what is known about CVST, the importance of early detection, and updated vaccine recommendations. If …

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine: Health Alert

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Alert, about the CDC and FDA’s recommended pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. We’re sharing to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for adverse events and can provide proper management due to the …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: Reaching Vulnerable Populations

As COVID-19 vaccines continue rolling out across the country, CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers and keeping you updated on the latest COVID-19 resources from HHS, CDC and CMS. With information coming from many different sources, CMS has up-to-date resources and materials to help you …

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HHS’s We Can Do This: Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

The HHS COVID-19 public education campaign is a national initiative to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing. Through a nationwide network of trusted messengers and consistent, fact-based public health messaging, the campaign helps the public make informed decisions about their …

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CDC: How to Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccinator

CDC’s new web page reviews information and training on how to enroll as a COVID-19 vaccinator CDC posted a new web page, How to Enroll as a Healthcare Provider, for providers seeking to become COVID-19 vaccinators. This web page contains the information on how to become a COVID-19 vaccinator, and the training and resources available to …

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Health Equity Updates: April Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? April: National Minority Health Month Large Federal Investments to Build Vaccine Confidence and Uptake Hospitalized Black Patients at Higher Risk for Poor Safety Outcomes Updating Health Literacy for Health …

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Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

Updates as of April 2, 2021 Highlights Fully vaccinated people can: Resume domestic travel Do not need to get tested before or after travel Do not need to self-quarantine after travel Fully vaccinated people do not need to: Get tested before leaving the United States (unless required by the destination) Self-quarantine after arriving back in …

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Webinar on March 30 and April 1: Increasing Vaccine Confidence

March 30, 9:30am or 2:30pm April 1, 12PM Challenges abound in the midst of COVID-19, not least of which is getting vaccinations into the arms of staff and residents of nursing centers. During this presentation, we’ll offer tips, a quality improvement process, and solutions from nursing centers across our region. Learn about “bandwagoning,” the “slow …

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We’ve Updated our COVID-19 Resources Page

Stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 resources. This month, we’re highlighting new resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), and local health departments. Updates include: CDC: COVID-19 vaccine PowerPoint for staff meetings and community presentations (Available in English and Spanish) CDC: …

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Mom’s Vaccinated: When can I visit her nursing home?

It is so great that your mom, dad, or other loved ones have received their COVID-19 vaccine. This is an important step towards protecting their health, achieving herd immunity and returning to normal life. Both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognize the importance of visiting your …

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